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September 22, 1996
The Sept. 5 article "Kids Get Their Busing Orders" was unfair to the school bus, making it appear as an evil entity, an obstacle to a decent education. Having taken the bus for eight years, I know that the truth is the exact opposite. The bus ride, as unpopular as it may be, is much less important than the quality of education received. By taking the bus, students are given the opportunity to go to schools which will not be overcrowded, schools which will therefore be more likely to be able to offer the classes a student wants, benefiting everybody.
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May 22, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The race for an open seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education was close in early returns with Monica Ratliff ahead despite financial support and union backing that made her opponent, Antonio Sanchez, a heavy favorite. In the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees election, incumbent Nancy Pearlman was leading challenger David Vela, according to returns. Sanchez, 31, had the benefit of the combined clout of labor unions along with a deep-pocketed political-action committee spearheaded by outgoing L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, which amassed more than $1 million on his behalf for the runoff.
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March 13, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
The academically elite Van Nuys High School was selected as one of eight sites nationwide for a "Teachers Teaching With Technology" pilot institute, receiving a $4,000 grant to train about 40 teachers in advanced-placement calculus. The school is home to a math and science magnet program. The five-day workshop, to be held in late June, is underwritten by the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Instruments.
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February 11, 2012 | Sandy Banks
They aren't the kind of heroes usually honored during Black History Month. They didn't challenge Jim Crow laws or invent more ways to use peanuts. But they were pioneers 40 years ago in this city's first school integration campaign. Rudy Pittman, now a teacher, was 14 when he took that first bus ride from Watts, one of seven kids, escorted by police, headed over the hill to Van Nuys' Birmingham High. It was 1972 and the Los Angeles Unified School District had been found guilty of intentionally segregating city schools.
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December 28, 1995 | DAVID E. BRADY
ON THE NET: Van Nuys High School students have gone online, and the best part of this educational computer project is that it's free--a home page for the school on the World Wide Web. B3
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March 21, 1991 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Had she chosen the ordinary life of most of her classmates, it's doubtful anyone would remember much about the smiling blonde whose picture appears between Caroline Baeza and Bob Barker on Page 38 in the 1941 Van Nuys High School yearbook. After all, Norma Jeane Baker only attended the school for slightly more than half of her sophomore year--between fall 1941 and spring 1942.
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March 10, 1991 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four nights a week, hundreds of immigrants enter the crowded gates of Van Nuys High School in a scene that repeats itself at public schools across the city. The English as a Second Language program of the Los Angeles Unified School District has about 80,000 students this year, making it the largest in the nation. For 50 cents apiece, it offers immigrants a gateway to their dreams. Many of the students work long hours in tough jobs.
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January 8, 1993 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 18, Thomas Jung has journeyed outside of California only once--an automobile trip to Oregon with a buddy--and met only a few people of note--a stray handshake with actor Dustin Hoffman and singer Paula Abdul.
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August 21, 1999 | HELEN KIM
KEY YOUNG KIM 15, junior, Van Nuys High School; lives in Panorama City I never understood exactly why students from my school are not allowed to wear hats that don't have a Van Nuys High logo. If a student wants to wear a hat, it has to be a team hat or one purchased from the student store for $11. I prefer regular hats to our school hats because the regular ones are more fashionable and comfortable. Hats with logos from Nike, Adidas, etc. are only allowed when there is bad weather.
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May 27, 1995 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Van Nuys High School officials have agreed to kill its popular medical school magnet program and reduce two other well-regarded study courses rather than switch to a year-round schedule to relieve overcrowding. "We've been discussing this for over a year and there's not much support for going multitrack," said school Principal Robert G. Scharf. "As we're looking at ways to accommodate these incoming students, we have to look at ways to reduce the magnet programs."
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February 5, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of high school students lined up outside Roybal Learning Center near downtown Los Angeles on Saturday in letterman jackets and the kind of windbreakers worn by Olympians. Members of the Van Nuys High School team had black paint streaked on their cheeks like savage warriors heading into battle. Instead, the students marched into the school's gymnasium to answer questions about colonization, wars and imperialism as part of the Los Angeles Unified School District's regional Academic Decathlon competition.
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June 23, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
A math teacher at Van Nuys High School was arrested Friday after he allegedly kissed a 17-year-old student and made sexually explicit statements to her. Police charged Iusmen Iusmen, 59, with child annoying, a misdemeanor, alleging he kissed a 12th-grader on her lips and cheeks and made inappropriate sexual remarks to her. Iusmen was arrested about 2:20 p.m. and released after midnight Saturday after posting $20,000 bail. Police said other students who may have been subjected to similar acts by the teacher should contact authorities.
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March 28, 2004 | Eric Sondheimer
It's 5:45 on a Monday afternoon, and Leandro Dottavio of Van Nuys Grant is doing his Superman routine, except he has no phone booth in which to change. He has just won the 100-meter backstroke in a swim meet against Canoga Park. Now he's abandoning his black Speedo jammers and putting on pants, cleats and a jersey. He grabs his bag and jogs across the street from the L.A. Valley College pool to the Grant baseball field so he can join the last 30 minutes of baseball practice.
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September 26, 2003 | Monte Morin And Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writers
Police arrested a suspect Thursday in the drive-by shooting outside Taft High School in Woodland Hills this month that injured three students. They also named two other suspects, who are still at large. The announcement came hours after a similar shooting occurred at a bus stop outside Van Nuys High School that left a 37-year-old-old woman, not the intended victim, in serious condition. In the Taft shooting, the arrested suspect was identified as Kristopher James Goveav, 20, of Granada Hills.
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April 24, 2002 | MANUEL GAMIZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A North Hills man who is obsessed with his 17-year-old niece may have abducted her and taken her out of the country, police and relatives said Tuesday. Yanira Elizabeth Lozano, a junior at Van Nuys High School, was reported missing Friday from the Van Nuys apartment she shares with her mother, stepfather and five siblings. Relatives said they believe her 43-year-old uncle, Carlos Flores, took her. "I don't know what's wrong with him," said Lozano's 16-year-old brother, Mario.
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March 15, 2002 | GARRETT THEROLF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an action characterized as highly unusual by school officials and legal experts, a Van Nuys high school principal has persuaded a court to grant a temporary restraining order against a special education student who told a classmate he'd like to punch the principal. Birmingham High School Principal Doris Lasiter filed handwritten papers Feb.
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June 18, 1995 | DOUGLAS LASKEN, Douglas Lasken of Woodland Hills teaches elementary school in the Los Angeles public schools. He is a member of the board of Valley Advocates for Local Unified Education , which supports the breakup of the Los Angeles School District
The introduction of two bills in the state Legislature has renewed the debate over whether the Los Angeles Unified School District should be broken up. Support for the bills to ease the breakup process will be particularly strong in the Valley, where residents have long felt disenfranchised and insulted by Downtown interests. Once again we will have to hear school board members Jackie Goldberg talking about "rich Valley schools" (without air conditioning?
OPINION
June 3, 2001
Re "Metal Detectors and a Search for Peace of Mind," May 30: I'm a student at Van Nuys High School. I think that it's a good idea that they search people at random. Some people think it's a violation of their privacy, but I think it's better that someone gets upset about being searched than for half the school to end up in a hospital or even dead because no one bothered to check a locker or backpack for a weapon. Hannah Yankelevich Granada Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2001
As a student at Van Nuys High School, I do not always feel safe around the campus or walking home from school. There has recently been a bomb threat at our school, but I have seen no improvement in the security around the school. I am not only afraid of the bomb threats but of other students. There are many things that the administrators are unaware of, such as the problems of another student, that could lead to a violent ending. The solution is not tightening the security but to deal with the kids with issues to prevent a rampage before it ever happens.
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